No Opposition

No Opposition

by John MacArthur

Someone has said that God plus one equals a majority. The truth is that God alone makes a majority. If every creature in the material and immaterial universe combined to oppose God together, still He would not be defeated. He is infinitely greater, and holier, and wiser, and more powerful than the aggregate of all His creation.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31). The argument is simple: If God is working to save us, nothing will thwart that work. Whatever God undertakes will most certainly be accomplished. And if God is on our side, it doesn’t matter who is on the other side. God’s side will be victorious. If God is for us, no one can stand against us.

So the fact that He is working to save me makes the outcome certain. If my salvation were ultimately up to me, I would have much to fear. If my redemption hinged in any way on my abilities, I would be lost. Like any sinner, I’m prone to disobedience, unbelief, and weakness. If it were up to me alone to keep myself in the love of God, I would surely fail.

Someone might point out that Jude 21 does say, “Keep yourselves in the love of God.” Does that mean we’re dependent on our own staying power to remain within the purview of God’s love? Of course not. Jude acknowledges just three verses later that only God “is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” (Jude 24).

With God on our side, Paul says, no one can stand against us. This echoes a recurring theme of the psalms. David wrote, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?” (Psalm 27:1). Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear . . . . The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold” (Psalm 46:1–211). And the repeated refrain of Psalm 80 suggests that when the Lord causes His face to shine upon us, “we will be saved” (Psalm 80:3719, emphasis added). No doubt about it. When the Lord sets out to accomplish something, who can oppose Him?

If anyone could rob us of our salvation, that person would have to be greater than God Himself. God is for us. He has set His love on us. No human, no angel, not even Satan himself can alter that. So if God is for us, it matters not who is against us.

Yes, someone says, but can’t Christians put themselves outside God’s grace? What about those who commit abominable sins? Don’t they nullify the work of redemption in themselves? Don’t they forfeit the love of God?

Certainly not. That kind of thinking posits an impossible situation. Remember that we did not gain salvation by our own efforts, so it’s preposterous to think that we can forfeit it by anything we do. We did not choose God in the first place; He chose us (John 15:16). We are drawn to Christ only by God’s redeeming love (Jeremiah 31:3). His love continues to draw us and hold us. This is Paul’s very point in Romans 8. God’s love guarantees our security. That same love also guarantees our perseverance. “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19, KJV). “The love of Christ controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14). And we continue in the faith because we are protected by His power (1 Peter 1:5). Thus, His own love ensures that we cannot do anything to remove ourselves from His grace.

We can no more forfeit the love of God than the prodigal son could destroy his father’s love for him. Like the father of the prodigal son, God loves us constantly. He forgives eagerly, loves lavishly, and does not deal with us according to our sins, or reward us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:10). Moreover, He does something the prodigal son’s father could not do: He sovereignly draws us to Himself. His love is like a cord that draws us inexorably to Him (Hosea 11:4).

He chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will. (Ephesians 1:4–5)

And “whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified” (Romans 8:30). He sees the process through to the end.

Our salvation is the work of God. God is “for us,” and no one can deter Him from accomplishing what He has determined to do.

(Adapted from The God Who Loves)

https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B200122

Getting Stuck is Not a Problem. Staying Stuck is

Staying stuck and refusing to do something about it, is the biggest obstacle to your recovery

by Pastor Ray Patrick

2019 is almost over, a new year is about to begin, God has something new in store for you! His plan for your life is not for you to reach one level, get stuck and stay there for another year. He plans to increase you, open new doors before you, and take you places that you’ve never imagined. Hallelujah!

God has something big for you in this coming year, something bigger than your mind can even conceive! He’s already planned out big breaks, big opportunities and big ideas. You may have seen God’s goodness in the past, but you have not touched the surface of what God has for you in 2020!

Today, and in the new year, I believe God’s new thing is going to be far greater than you’ve ever seen before. It’s going to be bigger than you imagined. It’s going to be more rewarding than you thought possible. Receive it by faith and declare with authority, “yes, God, I receive this into my life today and throughout this coming year. God I refuse to get stuck where I am. I will move forward because I know You’re a big God, and You have something new coming my way! In the name of Yahshua the Messiah” Hallelujah!

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?…” (Isaiah 43:19, NLT)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for a new day, and the upcoming new year with new possibilities and opportunities to glorify You. Father, thank You for choosing me and using me for Your purpose and for your blessings. God, I set my love and focus on You today, knowing that You have something new in store for me in the year to come, in Christ’s Name! Amen.

https://godinterest.com/2019/12/06/getting-stuck-is-not-a-problem-staying-stuck-is/

Cross can stay at Florida public park, circuit court panel rules

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter

The historic 34-foot cross stands in Bayview Park in Pensacola, Florida. | (PHOTO: CHANGE.ORG)

A 34-foot tall cross can remain at a public park in Florida, according to a ruling from a three-judge panel that reversed an earlier decision from the same appeals court.

The panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the cross at Bayview Park in Pensacola could remain.

Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom, author of the panel opinion, noted that they reversed an earlier ruling against the cross because of a remand from the U.S. Supreme Court.

“In September 2018 … we affirmed a district court’s decision ordering the removal of a 34-foot Latin cross from the city of Pensacola’s Bayview Park on the ground that the city’s maintenance of the cross violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause,” wrote Newsom.

The judge noted that the city appealed the decision to the Supreme Court and after the highest court in the nation concluded that a cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, could remain on public land, they “vacated our earlier decision, and remanded for further consideration.”

“First, plaintiffs have provided no evidence of the sort of discriminatory intent that would warrant invalidating a presumptively constitutional monument,” continued Newsom.

“Second, plaintiffs offer no evidence of deliberate disrespect in the monument’s design. There is nothing unique — let alone uniquely disrespectful — about the Bayview Park cross.”

Becket, a religious liberty law firm that represented Bayview in the litigation, celebrated the new opinion, giving credit to the Supreme Court for their Bladensburg ruling.

“The Supreme Court has now made clear that religious symbols are an important part of our nation’s history and culture,” said Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, in a statement released Wednesday.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which along with the American Humanist Association brought the lawsuit on behalf of a few residents, denounced the decision.

“It is not ‘hostile to religion’ to uphold government neutrality over religion. Bayview Park is not a Christian park, Pensacola is not a Christian city and the United States is not a Christian nation,” stated FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

“Tax-exempt church property abounds where this cross belongs. Its presence in a city park sends a message that Christian citizens are insiders, and the rest of us are outsiders — and that’s an alarming message.”

Known as Kondrat’yev, et al v. City of Pensacola, the case regarded a large cross that has stood at Bayview Park since 1969, replacing an older wooden cross put up in 1941.

In May 2016, Amanda Kondrat’yev, Andreiy Kondrat’yev, David Suhor, and Andre Ryland filed a lawsuit against the cross, arguing that it did not belong in the park.

In June 2017, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled against the cross, concluding that it failed the Lemon Test, which says state-supported religious entities must have a secular purpose.

Despite the favorable ruling for the plaintiffs, Vinson also wrote that he believed the founders of the U.S. “would have most likely found this lawsuit absurd.”

“And if I were deciding this case on a blank slate, I would agree and grant the plaintiffs no relief. But, alas, that is not what we have here,” he concluded.

“I am aware that there is a lot of support in Pensacola to keep the cross as is, and I understand and respect that point of view. But the law is the law.”

In September 2018, a three judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit unanimously ruled against the cross, with the panel stating that they were “constrained” by legal precedent.

The Supreme Court remand that vacated the September 2018 ruling stemmed from the case American Legion v. American Humanist Association.

In the case, the high court ruled 7-2 that a large cross honoring World War I veterans could remain at a public memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland.

Justice Samuel Alito, who authored most of the multi-part majority opinion, stated that “there is no evidence of discriminatory intent in the selection of the design of the memorial or the decision of a Maryland commission to maintain it.”

“The Religion Clauses of the Constitution aim to foster a society in which people of all beliefs can live together harmoniously, and the presence of the Bladensburg Cross on the land where it has stood for so many years is fully consistent with that aim,” he added.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/cross-can-stay-at-florida-public-park-circuit-court-panel-rules.html

Why Is Love Necessary?

January 24, 2020 hepsibahgarden

The two things that a person requires in the journey of life are FAITH AND HOPE. Hope sets you on a journey. Faith powers your step forward in the journey.
Both faith and hope come from love.

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Galatians‬ ‭5:6

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, … Ephesians‬ ‭3:17‬

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,… 1 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬

Have you seen the eyes of Jesus?

The eyes of Jesus are a flame of fire, full of deep love for you. St. John, during his period of exile in the isle of Patmos saw the Son of man looking at him with fiery eyes of flame. Revelation 1:14.

Let me tell you, if you keep looking into those eyes you will be filled with His love which will in turn purpose the faith and hope necessary for this life.

How then can we be filled with His love?

We can be filled with His love through the anointing of love in our heart. Thereafter we will begin to speak in the language of love. Our words will publish the love of the Father.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans‬ ‭5:5‬

Desire to be filled with God’s love. Jesus is all we need. Amen!

God bless you! ❤️

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VIDEO Having full confidence in God’s Word – Still Restoring

January 20, 2020 by Dr. Jack Graham

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:16-17

Many people today love to question the Bible’s authenticity. But really, there are only three possibilities when you consider Jesus Christ and His belief in the Bible.

One possibility is that errors existed in the Bible and Jesus didn’t know it… that He was a man of His times and just didn’t have the scientific and theological knowledge of our scholars today. Of course, if you choose that possibility, you’re faced with the fact that Jesus Christ – who is God – had no knowledge of the errors that supposedly were contained in the Scriptures. How can God not know His own word?

The second possibility is that there were errors in the Bible and Jesus knew about the errors, but said nothing about it and covered it up. But if you accept that explanation, you’re dealing with the issue of the truthfulness and the integrity of Jesus Himself, which I don’t think is a good road to travel!

The third option is that the Bible is inerrant. When you look at these three options, that’s really the only one that makes sense. So as you read the Scriptures, remember that you can have full confidence in the authority of the Word of God!

AS YOU READ THE SCRIPTURES, REMEMBER THAT JESUS RECOGNIZED THE BIBLE’S AUTHORITY AND BECAUSE OF THAT, YOU CAN HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN IT!

https://resources.jackgraham.org/resource-library/devotionals/having-full-confidence-in-gods-word

Spiritual Seasons in the Christian Life

PASTOR RAY PATRICK   JANUARY 13, 2020

In this new year we expect four seasons – winter, spring, summer and autumn. Just like the four seasons in the year, God has ordained seasons and cycles in our lives. Sometimes, when our dreams aren’t coming to pass on our timetable, we can be tempted to get frustrated. We have to be careful not to allow our attitude to keep us from moving forward. Let God determine your season – He won’t give you more than you can bear, trust Him, He will get you through.

Just like in a 12 month cycle, In God’s kingdom, every season is not harvest. There are ploughing seasons, planting seasons and watering seasons. Sure, we would love for every season to be a time of increase; but without the other seasons, we wouldn’t be prepared. Seasons come to prepare for harvest and increase. It’s during the ploughing season that God brings issues to light that we need to deal with. He’s getting us prepared for success.

Today, if you’re not making as much progress as you would like, the key is not to lose any ground. Don’t go backwards. Hold your position by keeping an attitude of faith and expectancy, even when it’s hard. Keep pushing and stay positive by speaking God’s Word daily. This month keep pressing through winter, spring is on the way. Hold on during the uncertainty of spring, because the consistency of summer is coming, just before your harvest or increase in every area of life!

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

(ECCLESIASTES 3:1, NLT)

Pray With Me

Yahweh, thank You for Your faithfulness in all seasons of my life. Father, I trust that my time is coming, and I choose to remain faithful to You as I await my harvest and increase. God, I submit my ways to You, and trust that You have the best plan for my life, in Christ’s Name! Amen.

 

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VIDEO Iran in the Bible: The Forgotten Story, Persia and Persians

What the Bible Says About Persia and Persians

“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of The Lord spoken by Jeremiah, The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “The Lord, The God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a Temple [see Temples] for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you – may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build The Temple of The Lord, The God of Israel, The God who is in Jerusalem.” (Ezra 1:1-3)


PERSIA:

  • An empire which extended from India to Ethiopia, comprising one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, (Daniel 6)Esth. 1:1;
  • Government of, restricted by constitutional limitations, Esth. 8:8(Daniel 6:8-12).
  • Municipal governments in, provided with dual governors, Neh. 3:91216-18.
  • The princes advisory in matters of administration, (Daniel 6:1-7).
  • Status of women in, queen sat on the throne with the king, Neh. 2:6.
  • Vashti divorced for refusing to appear before the king’s courtiers, Esth. 1:10-222:4.
  • Israel captive in, 2 Chr. 36:20;
  • captivity foretold, Hos. 13:16.
  • Men of, in the Tyrian army, Ezek. 27:10.
  • Rulers of: Ahasuerus, Esth. 1:3.
  • Darius, Dan. 5:3169:1.
  • Artaxerxes I, Ezra 4:7-24 .
  • Artaxerxes II, Ezra 7Neh. 25:14.
  • Cyrus, (2 Chr. 36:22)(2 Chr. 36:23)Ezra 13:74:35:135:145:176:3Isa. 41:241:344:28; (Isaiah 45:1-8), 1346:1148:1415.
  • Princes of, Esth. 1:14.
  • System of justice, Ezra 7:11-26.
  • Prophecies concerning, Isa. 13: 1721:1-10Jer. 49:34-3951:11-64Ezek. 32:242538:5Dan. 2:31-455:287811:1-4.

    Of all of the human empires that affected the people of Israel, the Persians did something rather unique – they permitted the return of the people of the southern kingdom of Judah to Israel, by God’s command (see above verses), 70 years after their exile by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar.At its peak, the Persian empire reached from the India to Greece, and from the Caspian Sea to the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. The Persians are believed to have originated in Media, which today corresponds to western Iran and southern Azerbaijan. They settled in Persia, on the eastern side of the Persian Gulf.

    Persian Empire Map during King Cyrus The Great
    More Maps & Historical Evidence of Persian Gulf
    Map of Current Iran

    Map of Current Iran

    The Persians were Aryans, speaking one of the eastern Indo-European group of languages. Two lines developed from an early leader, Teispes, who had conquered Elam in the time of the decline of the Assyrian Empire – one line in Anzan, the other in Persia. Cyrus II, king of Anzan, united the nation, and conquered Media, Lydia, and Babylonia. His son, Cambyses, took Egypt, which was later ruled by Darius, the son of Hystaspes. Persepolis (see map) was an ancient city of Persia that served as a ceremonial capital for Darius and his successors.From a Biblical perspective, the Persians were a link in the chain of human empires that molded Bible History – the Egyptians (see The Ancient Egyptians) from which the Exodus occurred, the Assyrians (see Ancient Empires – Assyria) who conquered the “Lost Ten Tribes,” the Babylonians who conquered the southern Kingdom of Judah (see Why Babylon?), the Persians who permitted the return to Jerusalem, the Greeks (see Ancient Empires – Greece) who covered much of the time between the Old and New Testaments, and the Romans (see Ancient Empires – Rome) who covered the time of Jesus Christ and beyond (see Daniel’s Statue).

http://www.farsinet.com/iranbibl/


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